Welcome back to the Rawlings Family Christmas Letter, 2012 version. This year was full of reminders of our advancing seniority and our precarious existence. We are now officially and permanently empty nesters, as Alan graduated and moved out of the house in September. The boys were all three here over Thanksgiving for the first time in a couple years. They all sorted through their stuff left in the house and took what they wanted, with the rest to go to Goodwill. All gone. To get head start on our new life, we went to Europe for two weeks in June to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. The itinerary was grueling, but we made good friends and had a great time. Well keep reading. Who knows how long we can keep the boys writing these now that they are all out of the house. Merry Christmas to all!
Becky: It is with heavy heart I start my letter this year. My mother passed away in February. She had been struggling since July with a blood disorder and other health issues. I have many great memories to help ease the pain and I know she is now at peace. I continue to work as a high school nurse and an admission nurse at a local hospital. In March, during Alan and my spring break ,we started a patio down by our lake. We moved tons of dirt and carried 12 pallets of blocks, rocks, gravel, mulch, and sand. It was completed just in time to celebrate Herb’s birthday on May 24th. Our trip in June was my first time I had been to Europe and we saw 8 countries, 16 cities in 15 days!! In July I rested from our vacation and spent time with friends and family before returning to school. My sisters, their husbands, my dad, and one nephew drove to Indiana for Thanksgiving. Our first Thanksgiving we did not travel in 29 years!! Our 3 sons also spent a week to 2 weeks with us in November too. It was great having everyone here. Happy Holidays to our friends and family. firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Mark! This year was great, I was on vacation for almost half of it, and my life is much simpler now. I stopped working at both Venture Outdoors and the photo studio in favor of working as the first official employee of a small energy outfitter doing manufacturing and design. We convert all kinds of energy (especially human energy!) to electricity for your consumption needs. We've setup energy systems on everything from the Carrie Furnace's (one of Pittsburgh's oldest structures left over from the steel days, and a National Historic Landmark) museum to my sailboat! It's pretty exciting and I love it. I also have signed a lease to live in a house on the northside for the next three years, I’m really enjoying the idea of staying in one place for a bit.